Information for Researchers
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation welcomes grant applications for any of our open funding categories, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have during the application process. Our grant categories are recommended by our Scientific Advisory Committee, and applications are reviewed by hundreds of volunteer reviewers.
Spring Grant Cycle
Spring cycle grants are funded based on scientific review. The following categories are available in the Spring Cycle. For eligibility and application information, please follow the category links below.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on fundraising, St. Baldrick’s will be only be offering Scholar and International Scholar grants in the 2021 Spring grant cycle. 2022 announcements will be made when available.St. Baldrick’s Scholars
- The two (2) year Scholar (Career Development) Award, with an option for three (3) additional years based on progress,is meant to help develop the independent research of highly qualified individuals still early in their careers. Recipients are called St. Baldrick’s Scholars. Up to $110,000/year, two-year minimum.
- This three (3) year award, with an option for two (2) additional years based on progress, is to train researchers from low-and middle-income countries (as classified by the World Bank) to prepare them to fill specific stated needs in an area of childhood cancer research upon returning to their country of origin. Recipients are called St. Baldrick’s International Scholars. Up to $110,000/year, three-year minimum.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on fundraising, St. Baldrick’s will not be offering Research Grants in the 2021 Spring grant cycle
- These grants are for specific one-year research projects which are hypothesis driven and may be either laboratory, clinical, or epidemiological in nature. Average grant will be $100,000 or less.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on fundraising, St. Baldrick’s will not be offering Supportive Care Research Grants in the 2021 Spring grant cycle
- These grants are for specific one-year research projects which are hypothesis-driven and focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Applications are accepted from Ph.D., D.N.P., M.D./D.O. holders. Examples include but are not limited to: studies related to symptom clusters, patient-reported outcomes or quality of life, health communication, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care. Average grant will be $50,000 or less.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on fundraising, St. Baldrick’s will not be offering Summer Fellowship in the 2021 Spring grant cycle
- St. Baldrick’s offers Summer Fellowship Awards, funding stipends for students to work in a pediatric oncology setting for a summer. The total award, paid to the institution, is $5,000.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on fundraising, St. Baldrick’s will not be offering Consortium Research Grants in the 2021 Spring grant cycle
- These grants are for team science to support program projects, for a group of 3-5 or more institutions solving key questions in childhood cancer. These grants may be for up to five years.
Fall Grant Cycle
Fellows are funded based on scientific review. Infrastructure grants are funded based on need, expected outcomes, and local St. Baldrick’s participation, with a strong priority on geographic areas with no other St. Baldrick’s funding. The following categories are available in the Fall Cycle:Infrastructure Grants
- These grants are not for a specific research project, but rather for resources to allow more research to be done. They support institutions with the potential for more participation in childhood cancer clinical trials, but which currently lack necessary resources (support for Clinical Research Associates). Preference is given to institutions with high needs and low philanthropic support in geographical areas where St. Baldrick’s funds are raised. Institutions which do not currently receive other St. Baldrick’s grants are also given preference. Average grant will be $25,000–$50,000.
- St. Baldrick’s Fellowships are granted for two (2) years of pediatric oncology fellowship training, with an opportunity for one (1) additional year of funding based upon need, significant accomplishment, and approved application.
- The deadline for 2021 St. Baldrick’s Fellows has passed.
St. Baldrick’s Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award (both US/Canadian and International) cannot be applied for; nominations are received and the award is granted at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation discretion. Please email Grants@StBaldricks.org for more details.
Here are some quick answers to a few frequently asked questions.
How do I apply?
Grant letters of intent (LOIs) and applications may be submitted online only through proposalCENTRAL. Please review this document for guidance on creating a new proposalCENTRAL account if you do not have one.
Spring Grant Schedule*
- Open for LOI’s – October
- Deadline for LOI’s – December
- LOI Decisions – December
- Full Application Deadline – February
- Award Begins – July 1
Fall Grant Schedule*
- Open for LOI’s– May
- Deadline for LOI’s– early July
- LOI Decisions – August
- Full Application Deadline – late August/early September
- Award Begins – December 1 or January 1 (Infrastructure), July 1 (Fellowship)
*Note: Submissions are due by 5pm EASTERN Time on all deadlines.
How do I submit the LOI/Application?
Please review this helpful document for instructions on creating an LOI/Application using proposalCENTRAL.
Am I eligible to apply?
Please consult the grant guidelines above to view all eligibility requirements for each grant type.
Where can I find the LOI instructions?
LOI Instructions are available under templates when you start the LOI in proposalCENTRAL. These instructions are also available here:
- Spring Letter of Intent (LOI) Instructions
- Spring INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR Letter of Intent (LOI) Instructions
- Fall Infrastructure Letter of Intent (LOI) Instructions
- Fall St. Baldrick's Fellowship Letter of Intent (LOI) Instructions
Applications are posted on proposalCENTRAL twice a year for the Spring and Fall grant cycles. Spring grant applications are generally available on proposalCENTRAL in October. Fall grant applications are generally available on proposalCENTRAL in May. To be notified when applications are available online and when they are due, contact Grants@StBaldricks.org and ask to be placed on the notification list.
I am trying to submit my application and the system will not allow me to submit.
There are two main reasons you may not be able to submit your application.
- The application needs to be Validated. “Validate” checks for required items and attachments, and you will not be able to submit if required items and/or attachments are missing. Once you have successfully validated your application, you should be able to submit.
- The deadline has passed. Pending applications can be viewed and edited even after the deadline has passed; however, applications cannot be submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure and to verify that the online proposal is received before 5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME by the deadline date.
I am submitting an application on behalf of a researcher. Do I apply using my proposalCENTRAL account?
The Principal Investigator must start the LOI or Application. However once a proposal is begun, access for application submittal can be given to other users, such as collaborators, assistants or grants and contracts staff. More information is available here.
I am trying to submit our LOI/application and realized the institution’s contact information is wrong in Proposal Central. Can you update this?
Unfortunately St. Baldrick’s is unable to access and edit institutional profiles in proposalCENTRAL. Institutions are registered on proposalCENTRAL by institution officials, who have the ability to log-in and update the information associated with that institution (here is more information on registering an institution).
How do I know my application was successfully submitted?
The proposalCENTRAL system will email a confirmation that the application was submitted. Once your application is submitted you may view it by logging-in and accessing the “Submitted” link under the “Manage Proposals” tab.
How will I be notified that my proposal was awarded?
St. Baldrick’s will contact you via email through the proposalCENTRAL system or by phone, to let you know of the final funding decision. Spring Cycle grants are notified before June 30th, Fall Cycle Infrastructure grants are notified in October, and Fall Fellowship grants are notified by March. Notifications might be by phone; be sure to include the best number to reach the PI directly, in your profile on proposalCENTRAL.
How do I upload my award deliverables?
Please refer to these instructions for navigating your awarded grant, including uploading your award deliverables.
Still have questions? Contact us.
We’d be happy to add you to our mailing list so you can receive notifications for application deadlines. If you're interested, email Grants@StBaldricks.org and let us know.